Emperor in premolt for a month....WTH!!!!!!!!!

snstrflyer

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Please i need advice. My emperor scorpion has finally gone into premolt for his first molt but has been for a month. When does the actual molt happen? Is this normal? Its really stressing me out. im a wreck. lol I called in to work today to watch him. please any body?
 

Michiel

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Please i need advice. My emperor scorpion has finally gone into premolt for his first molt but has been for a month. When does the actual molt happen? Is this normal? Its really stressing me out. im a wreck. lol I called in to work today to watch him. please any body?
Keep your pants on :) There is tons of info about emps to be found on AB. This is normal.....don't worry too much :)
 

snstrflyer

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I agree that there must be tons of info on this subject but just cant find any on search. Have searched many keywords. I also know that you personnaly hate guys posting new threads with the same questions so thanx for posting. All i want to know is....How long is a typical premolt for a typical emperor. Thanks.
 

Michiel

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What instar is your scorpion in? It cannot be it's first molt, because they molt for the first time on their mothers back, so you probably meant: the first molt in your care.....At what temp/ humidity do you keep it? What is its feeding schedule?
What size is it? As the scorpions grow larger, the periods (instars) in between the molting get longer...

when you feed Search: "molting P.imperator"...you get several threads ;)


Check out this website:
http://www.pandinusimperator.nl/
 
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llamastick

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Just because it's somewhat fat doesn't mean it's about to molt immediately. They can take a while and really balloon up right before molting. A picture would help. Emps take a long time to mature, and every molt takes longer than the last.
 

snstrflyer

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Well i woke up this morning to find that his tail has come off. The old exotail. but i thought they came out the front all at once?. why would just his tail shed off? is he having problems maybe? hes huge and alert but just shedded his tail. wierd. I hope he dont die. I got him from pet store almost a year ago so i dont know how old or instar stage. Thanks for your help guys. I guess the molt has begun even thoa he hasnt cracked his face opening yet and only his tail shedded. So i guess we wait to see what happens. I got him at 90 degrees and 80-90 percent humidity. For some reason i cant post any pics.
 

snstrflyer

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Well everything is great now. He has fully molted and is doing great. Started borrowing again. He is now HUGE and vivid. beautiful. Thanks everybody. pic of molted exoskeleton.
 
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Michiel

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Hi,

Good to read that it molted without problems! Up to the next molt :)
 

John Bokma

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Emps eat normally their exoskeleton (in my experience), so I would say, except for the occasional souvenir, leave it with the scorpion(s).
 

Michiel

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Mine do, and ditto for diplos (in my experience).
Yes, some species have been known to do so...They re-absorb energy by doing this, at least this is the thought behind it. Why not every species does it, it also a question for me....
Tityus species almost always eat the spermatophore after mating, while other species don't do that, that often....
 

snstrflyer

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I had no idea that some species eat the exoskeleton. Even now knowing this I still would have removed and kept it as this is my first.
 

snstrflyer

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So I really wanted to keep and show off my first scorpion molted exoskeleton so i got a rock and spot glued the exo to it in display position. Looks great.
 
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Mez

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Thats actually really neat. Id put it in a little acrylic cube or something though, youd hate for it to get squashed or damaged in any way.
 
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